So glad some things are returning to normal just in time for the holidays. Social distancing and capacity limits are in effect, so get in on this one early. Bring the kids to the Historic Pines Theater to see the Polar Express back on the big screen.

This modern motion picture classic is based on a children's book from 1985. Watching this one has become a holiday tradition at my house. See it at the Pines on December 18th at 7pm. Tickets are just $5. Hot Chocolate plays heavily into the plot, so I am hoping they either have some on hand, or they let me bring my thermos full.

(Image via Warner Bros)

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.


This movie has really held up, and when it first came out it was a technical marvel. Back in 2004 it was the first to use live action motion capture animation. It was so strange to see Tom Hanks, see his expressions and voice combined to make a digitally animated character. He actually played six different characters in the movie. It made the 2006 Guinness World Book of Records for being the first all digital capture film. It's really special.


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